Australia’s largest outdoor gallery: the Silo Art Trail, Victoria

Victoria’s ‘cowboy’ country is being rediscovered through a series of towering portraits on disused silos that form a road trip with a difference

Australia is a road-trip dream, with its big, bleached skies and wide, open stretches of tarmac. Until now, however, one route through rural Victoria’s wheatbelt has been a road less travelled – not so much off the beaten track as off the tourist radar entirely.

Careering north from Melbourne to Mildura and the mighty Murray river, travellers have often passed the one-horse towns, parched plains and pink lakes (it’s the algae) of the Wimmera Mallee, Victoria’s wild west, without a backward glance. A shame: they’ve missed treats such as Warracknabeal, the birthplace of Nick Cave, and Minyip, where the classic 80s TV series The Flying Doctors was filmed. Now, though, they’re slowing down in Yarriambiack Shire and following signs for the Silo Art Trail, a jaw-dropping tourist attraction.

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